WAF is pricey – for personal use

Turns out that WAF costs $5 per acl and $5 per rule per month. And that $10 protection I had in place for a simple geo block against China and a few other countries I was getting probing attacks from wasn’t included in the AWS credit I’ve got so I’ve turned it off.    
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We’re SSL enabled

Since I’ve got $300 of AWS credit to use up before December 2019 and my t3 micro instance isn’t really doing a good job of that, I decided I might as well throw up a load balancer, get the certificate assigned to it and set up route53 properly to that alias. So far so good. 
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What next?

So I passed my AWS solutions architect associate exam on the 27th September. I think I ended up with about 87% Pretty happy with that. Now trying to decide if I’m going to go for the systems administrator exam and developer exam or if I’m going to concentrate on solutions architecture. I’m also eyeing up
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I published an amazon skill

I’ve put together a skill as part of a tutorial from acloudguru and I’ve had this published by amazon. If you’re studying for your AWS solutions architect associate exam and you’d like to stream exam tips and tidbits of information to your Alexa – have a look at it here. https://skills-store.amazon.co.uk/deeplink/dp/B07HJ4T9DH?deviceType=app&share&refSuffix=ss_copy

Practice makes perfect

I’m 3/4 of the way through my acloudguru AWS training course for solutions architect associate and decided that now I’ve done most of the VPC chapter and my understanding of the subject is helped infinitely by my experience, it was time to use the practice exam voucher on the AWS.training site to see how far
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Costings

This is absolutely crazy.   Look at the price difference between a t3 micro and a t3 small running spot.   It’s well under half the price.   Much cheaper running it this way than having apache on a t2 small and a seperate RDS instance.   S3 backups running well – or they are
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Migration complete

So the RDS instance has been terminated now. I’ve got S3 backed mysql backups running nightly, so I’m saving myself an absolute fortune. Still some tuning to do and I’m not sure if I’m going to stick at spot pricing or look into reserved pricing.  I need to get some tuning in place first with
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Migrated the DB

Turns out that running an RDS database is quite pricey – moving this over to the EC2 instance whilst I re-evaluate my architectural decisions.  Spot pricing looks to be the best way forward still, but I need to make sure I’m getting backups – will have to set up a nightly mysql backup to s3
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AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

I’m on the train on the way back from Manchester to Leeds after having completed my AWS Cloud Practioner examination.   I passed!   Not sure on my score yet, waiting for the report and the certificate to be available from my certification account.   I’ve just realised that this is my first certification since
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